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Grateful Dead Live at Nassau Coliseum on 1994-03-27

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Grateful Dead Live at Nassau Coliseum on 1994-03-27

Topics Live concert

Jack Straw, Jack A Roe, It's All Over Now, Stagger Lee, Queen Jane Approximately, Candyman, Easy Answers, Deal Samson & Delilah, ?, Iko Iko, Playin' In The Band-> Uncle John's Band-> Drums-> Space-> The Other One-> Morning Dew, E: Johnny B. Goode

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Nassau Coliseum
Location Uniondale, NY

Source Recording Info:SBD -> Dat (Vault Master) -> Sonic Solutions -> CD -> Eac -> SHNPatched With: Naks -> Dat -> Cassette Master -> CD -> EAC -> SHNPatch Info:Patch provides from :42 of d2t02 through 5:06 of d2t05Patch was done with Samplitude v7.02 profession


Recording Info:
SBD -> Dat (Vault Master) -> Sonic Solutions -> CD -> Eac -> SHN
Patched With: Naks -> Dat -> Cassette Master -> CD -> EAC -> SHN

Patch Info:
Patch provides from :42 of d2t02 through 5:06 of d2t05
Patch was done with Samplitude v7.02 professional

Patched and SHN'd By Charlie Miller


Reviewer: RM1133 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 22, 2015
Subject: Dew
Quite simply put, the most underrated Morning Dew in the epic history of the Grateful Dead. Easily the best of the '90's.
Reviewer: JamsOnly - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 17, 2014
Subject: Enjoyable And A Good 94 Effort
Highlights: Jack-A-Roe, Morning Dew
Reviewer: Sparklemahn - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 1, 2012
Subject: Killer Soundboard of a Night to remember
11th row, Jerry's side, inside aisle, sparkle time. Ushers at Nassau Coliseum were very cool, allowing me to sparkle in the aisle, 360 after 360! The show got off to a blazing start with a "kind" Jack Straw, the kind that signals one of those extra special nights with the band. An upbeat Jack-A-Row led to a snappy It's All Over Now, with Stagger Lee and Queen Jane Approx. also well played.
Jerry forgot a few lyrics from the Candyman but more than made up for it with some stellar work reflective or a very high level of technical proficiency. His playing on Candyman is memorable, as is the entire band's performance on the rarely played Easy Answers.
A fantastic Deal closed the first set, and an equally incredible Sampson opened the second. After some technical difficulties, the band whipped out the Iko, and the crowd loved it! Playin'/Uncle John's was great, and the drums/space particularly spellbinding.
The show's climax was easily the best Other One/Morning Dew in years! It begins at 03:49 of The Other One but really takes off at 04:03 when Phil drops dee 4th dimension bomb! You can hear him singing the old "up in a circle" lyrics; I know I spent a lot of that show up in a circle! It was a fabulous Other One, along the lines of an old time NYC Other One at the Filmore.
Some dude I didn't even know gave me a big bear hug after one of the best Morning Dews in years, sharing his appreciation of the connection between audience and band. This was the last Morning Dew Jerry ever played in the NY Metro area, and it's almost as if he knew it. Killer!
An extremely upbeat Johnny B. Goode encore wrapped up what was one of my two favorite shows in the post-Brent era, along with 3/19/95, featuring the first Unbroken Chain EVER.
I was so lucky to be there with THE family, let alone up front on Jerry's side. Thanks so very much for this killer recording. The signature sound of Jerry Garcia comes through loud and clear.
Reviewer: njpg - favorite - March 28, 2012
Subject: The lack of track labels makes this
Reviewer: akinodin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 14, 2010
Subject: Happy 14th!
My mom got me tickets for this show on my 14th birthday. It was my first dead show and it rocked my world. I love the how they started with Jack Straw and kept it going strong. Morning Dew was the icing on my cake!
Reviewer: Stellablu122 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 24, 2008
Subject: Tear this old building down
This was the first show of the tour I saw through Miami, this tour was very good with strong shows at every stop. This night has an awesome first set and the band is on fire for the second,Phil is everywhere and raging.Listen to the bombs he drops in Jack Straw. I think it is safe to say that many fans under appreciated the sound of Garcia's guitar and what he was doing,it is simular to the plucking twang he made famous in'72-'73. I grew to love it on this tour and on this night you see how powerful he could make his sound with Bolt.Deal is an excellent of that so crank it up and enjoy!
Reviewer: cosmo21 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 24, 2008
Subject: Solid Show
Musically speaking this was one of the strongest shows I attended in the final 3 years. The strong Morning Dew gets most of the attention from this night (and rightly so), however also check out Deal. This is one of the best versions of this song I can remember hearing in the 90's. Samson is also a very good highlight to an all around solid show. Worth a listen to anyone looking for a good show in the later years.
Reviewer: gleng1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 28, 2008
Subject: Set Lists Lie/When Phil's In the Drivers Seat, Ya Got Nothin' to Worry About
(Review written immediately after the show, by a guy who has whined about many MANY shows post '78):

Nassau Coliseum
Sunday March 27


1) Set lists lie
2) When Phil's in the driver's seat, ya got nothin' to worry about

Tonight just might have been the best Dead show I've seen since the 1982 Jerry's birthday show in Manor, Texas.

I know that some people who were there tonight will say it wasn't that hot a show, and they'll say it mostly because the set list isn't that impressive. Others will say that it was indeed an excellent show -- because they played Morning Dew. I would suggest that the reason they played Morning Dew at all was because the band was so hot tonight that it would have been a mistake NOT to try a challenging song like the Dew with everyone playing so well. But we are getting ahead of ourselves, yes?

A disclaimer: I was lucky enough to be sitting in the third row center tonight, thanks to a ticket I got from mail order. I'm not bragging; I mention it for two specific reasons. First, there have been so many complaints about the Grateful Dead mail-order that I feel compelled to state in the interest of equal time that I got an excellent seat, I don't know anyone at the Grateful Dead office, and my order was ordinary in every way, except that I was requesting single tickets for each show. Second, I can't deny that sitting that close may have affected my opinion of the show.

The show started with a superbly played Jack Straw. When Bobby took two steps back to get ready for the jam, he stumbled backward against the drum risers and had to brace himself with one hand to stay upright. It wasn't exactly Frank Sinatra face down on the stage, but added a nice touch of humor since he was OK.

Jackaroe followed, and we got the first sense that Jerry really wanted to play, after a Wednesday show filled with tech problems and a lackluster show Friday.

Bobby selected It's All Over Now, and the band cooked on it. Jerry played Stagger Lee, and while still having trouble with lyrics, ripped on the solos. The end of the song -- "The song that woman sung/Was look out Stagger Lee" gave us a hint of the fireworks to come.

Queen Jane Approximately followed, and it was terrific -- really! It's nice to see how far this song has come since the day when the Dead first started playing it.

Candyman was next, and while Jerry forgot some more words, the playing was transcendental. Bobby starts the final chorus at the wrong time, and Jerry shoots him his fatherly Look of Death.

Easy Answers followed, and I get the impression that Phil has been listening to the version that Neil Young, Bobby, and Rob Wasserman play on the new Trios album -- lots of great croaky vocals on the chorus from Phil.

Deal closed the set. For everyone who has sat through mediocre versions of this song, or started heading for the bathroom at this inevitable set closer, tonight made up for all previous sins. Forget everything you thought you knew about how this song is played. This was the best version of Deal I've heard since 1978 at William and Mary College. The jam was blistering hot, with a series of rave ups ("rave ups"? get out those ancient Yardbirds albums!) that added crescendo on top of crescendo; just when you thought it couldn't get any higher, Jerry would up the ante. Phil Lesh, the world's only living animated cartoon, grits his teeth and makes faces throughout this peak. Words don't do justice. Trust me on this one.

(End first set. See second set review follows)


Everyone is hoping for Scarlet/Fire. (OK, maybe just me, but I'm hoping A LOT!) There may have been some disappointment as Samson and Delilah started. This is where we are reminded once again that set lists mean nothing -- the topic here is MUSIC.

The guitarists eased into Samson gently, instead of letting the drummers pound it out first. Far and away the best Samson and Delilah I've seen in 18 years. Blistering solos. Phil way out in front from here on out. Amazing jams. A much extended song, nothing like I've seen in years, if ever.

At this point, Jerry is still having some type of tech problems with his guitar, and there is much scrambling on stage as Parish tries to get it fixed. Bobby tells us that the band is experiencing technical difficulties. Vince noodles out some small instrumentals. Jerry has left the stage. A few minutes later he is back, but it still isn't fixed right, so off again. Bobby says that they're going to take a break while they work on this. "Talk among yourselves." About 15 minutes pass while they work on these problems. SO... for all who live and die by set lists, does this count as three sets? (Reminiscent of Englishtown -- "Uh, we're going to go get some salt tablets. Or something. We'll be right back.")

The band is finally all back on stage, and Jerry plays Iko Iko. Not frequently the second song in but...

It is superb. As mentioned, when Phil's in the driver's seat, ya got nothin' to worry about. If there is any single items that made tonight's show so phenomenal it's that Phil and Jerry (and Bob once again) were all interested in playing well on the same night. Phil was loud, intelligent, and creative. It was one of those shows where you got to hear them thinking spontaneously on stage. As a dancer, I love Iko Iko as a chugging Cajun-style tune. Tonight it has a solid jam in it with the guitarists endlessly playing with different rhythms and accents.

Bobby starts Playing in the Band. This is going to be my favorite type of show -- an ordinary set list with extraordinary playing. The jam in Playing is some of the finest MUSICIANSHIP I've heard from the Dead in years and years. Beautiful. Reckless. Creative. Articulate. No noodling around tonight -- we're going somewhere special.

Playing leads into Uncle John's Band, which is stupendous, with new improvisations in the jam at the end, and Phil's bass crystal clear. The transition from Playing in the Band to Uncle John's Band alone would have been the highlight of any show in recent memory. I'm always frustrated that this space IN BETWEEN songs, where I think some of the most interesting music takes place, is when other people like to talk and fidget. Oh me, oh my.

The drums are excellent, and the space that follows is the best so far at Nassau, and one of the best I've seen in recent year. Here's where I will disagree with many, I suppose. I LOVE the drums/space most nights. I know that a lot of people consider this a time to go to get a beer or fast-forward the tape, but I remain convinced that this is where some of the best psychedelic music of the shows is played. I'm loving ever moment of this very deep space, and people all around me are talking about what song they think will come next, what they should do after the show, and a tape they have of some show from years ago...

Bobby returns to the stage first, and it's just him and Bralove for awhile. The rest of the band follows, and the guitarists space is superb -- gone is the discordant noise of previous nights (which was interesting in its own way) and instead we have challenging, exciting, carefully crafted music.

The Other One follows. Hard to convey how smooth this transition was -- no fishing around, no half-starts; just skilled musicianship. Phil was hanging over Harry's on-stage soundboard (bugging him as usual) and looked like he might miss his cue. Turned at the last instant to play his opening bass lick. A breathtaking version of the song, leading into, yes, the best Morning Dew I've heard since '82. Jerry's voice was uncannily strong, and the playing matched it. As usual, I tried not to be distracted when the band played the quiet instrumental section while some in the audience clapped along off the beat. When the crescendo came, it didn't stop -- layer upon layer, each out stripping the first. Just when you thought they'd reached the peak, THAT turned out only to be an introduction to a higher level.

End of set.

The encore was Johnnie B. Goode, and even that had its moments, although mostly I thought that it was a nod to good old fashioned rock and roll after an evening of brilliant experimental music.

And what of the second half of Playing in the Band? And did we miss a verse of Uncle John's Band? And meantime, after an evening of stellar musicianship, folks all around me are still scribbling in their little set list books, and wondering why more interesting songs weren't selected.

Now I'm scared to go tomorrow night. I've had a lot of theories about the Grateful Dead over the years, and each one of them has been proved wrong...BUT... I've never seen them play the smoker show TWO nights in a row. I've seen good shows in a row; even great shows; but not mind benders like this one. Tomorrow is either going to be a tremendous disappointment, or the greatest show of all time.

Or something completely different.


Reviewer: clashcity - favorite - July 10, 2007
Subject: WOW... Someone told me to check out a Hot Dew..
If this is what it takes to qualify as a good show in the Post Fall '91 era then why bother...

I was told this was a hot Dew... The whole show is a big hot turd.

For the time period its certainly above the horrible standard that was set. Did Jerry play a legitimate lead you could hear after 91??

That guitar he got from that Irwin imposter (Lightning Bolt -- see sounds like a toy with plastic strings.

There aren't words to describe how unlistenable this show is when there are thousands of shows to listen to where the band actually wanted to be doing what they were doing.

Why waste your time?
Reviewer: MornDewVT - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 6, 2007
Subject: Walk me out...
I was at the show... front row... dead center... this Dew was one of the top "at the show" moments for me, so I can't give a fair rating...
Wow. - Words fail...

- My license plate at the time was MORNDU (from NH) -

... still miss Jerry... but I can always listen to this Dew.

You should too.

Reviewer: Bluerunner - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 13, 2006
Subject: Walk me out in my memory..........
Saw this Morning Dew from row five...........I think I it was God onstage ...........
Reviewer: fireonshakedownstreet - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 21, 2006
Subject: Dripping With Emotion
This show is tons of fun and then the Dew. They jam forever on the Samson too! Jerry sounds awesome!
Reviewer: Charbroiled - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 3, 2006
Subject: DEW 13:55 of bliss
This DEW and 11/2/85 - 5/9/77 - 7-18-90 - 4-15-78 are my favs. This is a good one it was to bad the sound system gave out - 5 show run not one repeat NICE!!! 3 stars for sound system failure broke the show into three sets
Reviewer: dmilks - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 2, 2006
Subject: 3-27-94
The AM Dew this night is magnificent. I played this Dew for a friend that is not very familiar with the Dead, without really any context to frame the scene, and he was floored. The guy really felt jipped that he never appreciated or realized the depth that this band was capable of achieving in a live setting. I am now turning him on to JGB with a vengeance. Needless to say, he is hooked on Jerry.

As Murphy's Law dictates, the minute that the band decides to officially acknowledge that there is a problem with the system that can't be fixed in a couple minutes (Post Samson), the problem gets fixed. You can really hear a hint of annoyance in Weir's voice when they finally realize that the set is really being interrupted.
Reviewer: DisguisedAsASquirrel - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 20, 2005
Subject: The Good OLD Grateful Dead
They can still do it. Dew does it for me. Drums, O1, and Dew are intense. Dew is very well played, with not just Jerry sprinting to the finish line. Bobby, Phil, Bickey and Vinny all hammer it out together. This is good stuff.

I recall feeling like I saw two and a half shows. The exictement of two sets, plus the wacky "something's all broke" break gave us all a few extra hits of the juice, I think.

Verrry good...for what it is mind you. I hate hearing, "yeah well when I was all coked out at Nassau in 1980 they were REALLY on." Yeah, I know. We all know. This is 1994.

Its REALLY good too. Different. But REALLY good.

Thanks again.
Reviewer: deadhedave - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 31, 2005
Subject: Take me "Back"
Made a road trip from Boston with my then 15 year old son, Stephen, to this show. Had a totally tremendous time. "Morning Dew" is not only incredible for '94 for is an Alltime great version. Quality of this download is fabulous and brings me back to the bonding time I had , not only then but now as well as we shared it again. Love this site!
Reviewer: deadhedave - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 31, 2005
Subject: Take me "Back"
Made a road trip from Boston with my then 15 year old son, Stephen, to this show. Had a totally tremendous time. "Morning Dew" is not only incredible for '94 for is an Alltime great version. Quality of this download is fabulous and brings me back to the bonding time I had , not only then but now as well as we shared it again. Love this site!
Reviewer: steveCA - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 3, 2005
Subject: outstanding quality
my 68th show, so I am downloading anyway but worth the download for the sound alone. set list is ok too.
Reviewer: mikeydead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 26, 2005
Subject: Morning Dew
I gotta say, as I started downloading shows from, I was never thinking to find many gems in this post-92 era of the Dead. Boy, was I wrong... I would download this show for the Morning Dew alone. This version actually does rival Cornell '77, believe it or not--for both its passion and unique intensity.
Reviewer: Westlafadeaway - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 29, 2005
Subject: Jerry threw his guitar!
I haven't heard this tape since this show- I was on Jer's side up on the side with a great view of the fatman. Right after starting the second set, Samson, Jerry had problems. He started looking into his rack, guys with flashlights started poking around, then Jerry takes his guitar off and throws it!. Bob just walked up to the mic and said "we are taking a break"

I will have to listen to this one again- 4 stars for my memory
Reviewer: MarkStar - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 15, 2005
Subject: Wow
Damn. The Morning Dew is all that...
Reviewer: RM1133 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 2, 2004
Subject: I was born too late!!!!
I was very fortunate to be at this one, because of my age, I only got to see the dead in '93, '94', and '95 but I did get to see this show so at least with the Morning Dew, I could feel a piece of what is the magic of a Grateful Dead concert. I remember being mesmerized, at all of 16 years old, hearing this Morning Dew wondering if Jerry was going to actually break down and cry while he was singing it. He poured his soul into this song and like the reviewers before me, that song alone is worth the download. Thanks to the archive I can find those golden moments in the Dead's history but I am very thankful to have experiecnced at least one first hand on this memorable night. Only wish I had been born earlier!
Reviewer: NicksPicks - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 15, 2004
Subject: Great show!
I was at this one and the next night.
The energy in the place, or at least around me, was tremendous. I think the show rips from start to finish. Great Jack straw > Jack a roe opener.
I could live with listening to just disc 3 for the rest of my life as my only sample of live GD.
One of the best shows I ever witness, imo.
Reviewer: MikesGroover - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 29, 2004
Subject: Can't say enough good things about the Dew
Proof that even near the end the Dead could lock in and catch fire at any given moment. The best nineties Morning Dew out there, complete with Phil bombs. Get it.
Reviewer: ripplemaster - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 1, 2004
Subject: the dew
yes, the dew is great at over 13 minutes. fantastic jamming in the second set. I was at this show. After the Sampson, the band was having technical difficulties. After trying to work out the kinks for what seemed like forever, jerry put down the guitar and walked off the stage. I remember my friend and I looking at each other saying, "Jerry has walked off the stage!!!" During the tech problem, Vince continued to play softly on the keyboards. At one point, the entire arena could hear a very loud pop from the speakers. Vince had an earpiece in his ear and he literally jumped out of his seat when that pop went off. When the band returned they got the crowd moving with a very nice Iko and then of course the more than ten minutes each of playin and uncle john's band.
overall a fun show
Reviewer: TERRAPINCANE - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 23, 2004
Subject: in agreement about Dew!
not a great show, but a pretty decent second set for '94...UJB is nice, Space>Other One is good, and Dew is fantastic....
Reviewer: choco45 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 30, 2004
Subject: The Dew...It's all about the Dew man!!!!
Yes.We all know that 1994 was a lack luster(to put it gently)year for the Dead,but the Morning Dew that was played at this show was absolutely amazing.Well worth the hard drive space to grab this one!!!!Peace,Matt Varady.
P.S.....5 star rating for Morning Dew!!!!!!
Reviewer: choco45 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 30, 2004
Subject: The Dew...It's all about the Dew man!!!!
Yes.We all know that 1994 was a lack luster(to put it gently)year for the Dead,but the Morning Dew that was played at this show was absolutely amazing.Well worth the hard drive space to grab this one!!!!Peace,Matt Varady.
P.S.....5 star rating for Morning Dew!!!!!!
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